The Catholic University of America

Ph.D. Degree


The Catholic University of America has a strong tradition of graduate education in history, stretching back almost a century to the granting of the university’s first Ph.D. in history.  Today, an accomplished faculty, strong resources on campus and in the Washington, D.C., area, and a low student-faculty ratio create an ideal environment for graduate study.

The department typically enrolls 5-6 new Ph.D. students a year and counts 30-40 students in various stages of the doctoral program.

Requirements for the Ph.D. include: 54 hours of course work; demonstration of proficiency in foreign languages; passage of comprehensive exams; and completion of the dissertation.  Further information about these requirements is available at the links below.

Admission to the Program

Fields and Requirements for Degree

Comprehensive Examinations

Candidacy and the Dissertation